Starbucks has joined the global "suspended coffee" movement where customers buy a beverage and reserve one for the homeless.
The coffee chain, which has recently been attacked over its British corporation-tax payments
According to the suspended coffee Facebook page, the scheme is based on an Italian goodwill tradition.
Louie Salvoni, head of Espresso Service and founder and trustee for homeless charity Shelter from the Storm (SFTS), explained: "A caffè sospeso or suspended coffee is a cup of coffee paid for in advance as an anonymous act of charity. Some say the tradition is over 100 years old and began in the working-class cafés of Naples. A homeless person could ask if there was a sospeso available and would then get a coffee for free."
For more information about suspended coffee visit www.facebook.com/suspendedcoffees or follow on Twitter using the hashtag #suspendedcoffee
Shelter from the Storm - is also encouraging its supporters to donate a coffee directly to its guests by texting CAFE13£2 to 70070.